Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 22/01/2021

IHRB finds horse was ’nobbled’ with sedatives for betting purposes

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IRHB) has suspended the licence of Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Charles Byrnes for six months, after a horse competing at Tramore Racecourse on 18 October 2018 was found to be heavily sedated. Following previous good performances, Viking Hoard was pulled up before the seventh...

News 22/01/2021

Athletes & reality TV stars encompassed in three Italian investigations

NADO Italia has announced sanctions on people involved in three criminal investigations that encompass a reality TV show; a cycling team; and an illegal drugs network. The first investigation involved Temptation Island, a popular TV show that airs on Canale 5. In 2017, the UK’s Advisory Council on the...

News 22/01/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 January 2021

• Dr. Mark Schmidt was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison by a court in Munich, reports AFP. The German doctor was found to have operated a blood doping ring as a result of the Operation Aderlass investigation by Austrian and German police, which began in...

News 20/01/2021

Frattini vigorously contested allegations of bias in Sun Yang case

The reasoning behind the Swiss Federal Tribunal’s (SFT) Decision to set aside an eight year ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Sun Yang reveals that Franco Frattini ‘vigorously contested’ allegations of bias levelled against him. On 24 December, the SFT ruled that the CAS...

Features 19/01/2021

CAS Decision outlines RUSADA’s control by the Russian State

Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) published its Decision concerning the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) challenge to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Decision to declare it non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) for a four year period. The CAS Decision has been criticised for watering...

News 11/01/2021

Kenyan banned & South African suspended for whereabouts failures

Kenyan middle distance runner Alfred Kipketer has been sanctioned with a two year ban and South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga has been provisionally suspended for whereabouts failures, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics has announced. Kipketer has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 26...

News 11/01/2021

Madrid snow prevents Dr. Fuentes from retrieving belongings

Heavy snowfall in Madrid has prevented Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes from retrieving belongings seized during the Operación Puerto anti-doping investigation, reports El Pais. It is understood that the items set to be returned to Dr. Fuentes include an ACP 215 Haemonetics Automated Cell Processor machine used to freeze red blood...

News 08/01/2021

Scientists take step towards gene doping detection

Scientists have taken a step closer to developing a method to identify gene doping, according to research published by Analytical Chemistry. A gene editing method known as CRISPR-Cas9 won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, as it allows scientists to precisely alter DNA. This is done by adding a ribonucleic...

News 08/01/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 January 2021

• Dayana Yastremska has vowed ‘to do everything to clear my name’ and has denied intentionally doping, after she was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for mesterolone from a 24 November sample. ‘Only a very low concentration of mesterolone metabolite...

News 07/01/2021

RBU concludes combination of factors caused Izhevsk Rifle withdrawals

The Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) has concluded that a combination of various factors caused mass withdrawals at the Izhevsk Rifle competition over the Christmas period, after it emerged that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is investigating. An investigation by the RBU concluded that loss of the event’s status as...

News 07/01/2021

Czech cyclocross champion considering appeal against four year ban

Emil Hekele is considering appealing a four year ban imposed by the Czech Cycling Federation for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving oxandrolone and clenbuterol. The Czech cyclocross champion argues that he has never taken any prohibited substances and that correct procedures were not followed during his sample collection,...

News 06/01/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 January 2021

• Marion Sicot has been sanctioned with a two year ban expiring on 19 July this year for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO), reports L’Equipe and AFP. The French cyclist has been provisionally suspended since 18 July 2019 due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF) at...

Features 05/01/2021

Athletes serving bans for a ‘substance of abuse’ can apply for a reduction

Athletes currently serving a sanction for a ‘substance of abuse’ can apply for a reduction, now that the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code has come into effect. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has previously confirmed that athletes whose sanction expires after 1 January 2021 can apply for a review of...

News 05/01/2021

Investigation into withdrawals from Russian biathlon event*

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is understood to be investigating the Izhevsk Rifle competition, held over the Christmas period, due to allegations that the the arrival of doping control officers (DCOs) prompted mass withdrawals. It is understood that after DCOs turned up to test the women, who competed from...

Features 31/12/2020

US pro sport sanction issue highlights WADA politics

A two game suspension reportedly issued to Luke Gifford of Dallas Cowboys has once again highlighted differences between the World Anti-Doping Code and the anti-doping programmes of the US professional leagues. The argument that has broken out between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the US over differing sanctions...

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